Napoli responded well to the even steven finish that transpired between them and the rock bottom Sassuolo via securing three straight wins.
With the victory, the Partenopei is back to the Serie A elite as it comfortably occupies the 4th spot of the league table. They are now tied with Lazio and could readily overtake Roma if they win this match and the latter loses to Chievo.
As Napoli strives to return to the top three, it is important to look at how well they fared in their previous encounters. In the Neopolitan’s case, it was their match against Torino that propelled them back to the spotlight.
The squad snatched an emphatic 5-3 win and while it is true that the Turin-based outfit gave them a good scare, they were able to maintain their momentum and monopolize the three points.
Dries Mertens was indeed, a standout in the above-mentioned match. He delivered a hat-trick during the early minutes of the game and there is a high possibility for him to replicate such feat. Thus, it would be best to bank on the idea that Napoli will be the first team to score in this encounter. Under BetEast International, this is priced at a profitable 1.79.
But Mertens alone is not the only one that could help Napoli register the first goal of the match, there is also Jose Callejon, who has been clinical in the pitch and has already scored seven goals for the team.
On the other hand, Fiorentina may see this match as yet another acid test.
Just recently, they stumbled into their second straight defeat, which pushed them into the 8th spot of the league table.
Their current situation is quite alarming since they are one of the squads that are perceived to battle for the title and currently, their performance barely reflects that of a title contender.
Fiorentina’s form is quite bad compared to their opponent. They have lost three of their last six matches while Napoli sports a six-match undefeated streak.
Under this context, there is no doubt that Napoli (2.04) manifests a higher possibility of winning this match. But it will not be an easy one knowing that the Violas are also hungry for a win.
The predicted score for this match is therefore pegged at 0-1 (10.88).
Date: 22 December 2016
Venue: Artemio Franchi